Flood waters were still a concern Monday, but local officials hoped the worst of the storms were over, for now.
"We haven't had any reports of flooding up to this point," Randy Duncan, Sedgwick County Emergency Management director, said Monday afternoon. "Basically people have been describing minor flooding with the potential for water in some people's yards."
In some ways, it was a blessing the area land was parched before the July Fourth weekend, Duncan said.
"We were really dry when we started," he said. "But the soil now has gotten pretty saturated. The distinguishing difference is if we were to get another extended rain — with the ground being this saturated — we will have runoff and that's the tipping point for flooding."
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Some flood waters receded by Monday morning, but forecasters warned they could quickly rise again. More storms were forecast late Monday and early Tuesday. Chances of rain remain through Thursday.
"The thing is, we are not in the all-clear," said Jim Caruso, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "We have plenty of showers and storms coming in from the west which aggravate the situation. They are heading towards the area that is under a flash flood warning."
Five inches of rain fell over the weekend in northwestern Sedgwick County, southeastern Reno and eastern Kingman counties, quickly saturating the ground.
The following areas were under a flood warning until Tuesday morning: northern Sedgwick, northwestern Butler, Harvey, southeastern Reno, southern Marion and western Chase counties.
Residents of Colwich began sandbagging Sunday night to prevent some flooding in low-lying areas.
"We are keeping our eye on the Cowskin, west of Colwich," said Sgt. Terry Litton, spokesperson for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department. "The Cowskin is out of its banks but not quite up to the road. But it is running pretty high."
Jim and Cheryl Brand, who live on 215th Street near 21st, held a Fourth of July celebration Sunday night — but their guests had trouble making it to the party.
"We had flooding right in my back yard," she said. "We were having guests and they could barely get here. They were coming down 215th and there was water across the road. Police had the road blocked and wouldn't let them through."
By Monday morning, Brand said, the water was gone.
"The water comes through quickly and keeps going until it gets down to the Cowskin," she said. "It is a virtual river that goes through our backyard."
Roads that had been closed earlier Monday included 37th North, between 151st West and 167th West, and 135th West, north of 53rd North. By Monday afternoon, those waters had receded, said Sgt. Troy Wells of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Cowskin Creek at 119th street until Tuesday afternoon. Officials say to expect high waters at 13th Street between 119th and 135th Streets.
In Sedgwick County, the National Weather Service was advising people to use caution if they were traveling anywhere n the northwest portion of the county because several roads had water over them — or could quickly have water if rains come.
Harvey County reported flooding at 96th and Sandhill Road, two miles southeast of Patterson, with four feet of water across the intersection.
Flooding was also reported in the Spivey area of Kingman.
In addition to the Cowskin, local law enforcement authorities are keeping an eye on the Arkansas River near Mulvane and Gypsum Creek in Saline County.